“Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:9-10
Gates and doors don’t have heads. What is going on? David is comparing the human head, the mind, the seat of logic, the decision-maker, to a gate and a door to a city. The gate and door offered protection to the city. It’s also where the city elders hung out to oversee the business of the city, citizens, traders, and visitors the city would all have to go through the gate. David is telling the gates and doors to “open up!” Why? Because the king has arrived. So of course the gates and doors should open. It’s his city! Jesus echoes this metaphor in Revelation 3:21 as He is on the outside of the church and says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”
Are my gates and door open or closed? While my head should filter those thoughts and things that are citizens, traders, or visitors, what does it do when The King, my Creator, the one whose I am, is present (which is pretty much ally he time)? Is it open or closed? How often is Jesus outside the gate knocking not the door to come back in? There should be a voice shouting to the whole city, “The King is here! Open up!” There should be no question, no hesitation. Whenever I distance myself from Him, the King of Glory, then His glory is not in me. I don’t ever want that to be the case.
Lord, I’m sorry for when the gates are locked and the doors are closed. I want to be more conscious of when I have kicked you out and you are wanting to come back in. I needs me some of that glory! No, I needs me all of that glory! Amen.